GM Hikaru Nakamura is hosting an ambitious and important charity tournament ‘Jokers Gambit – All in on Chess’, streaming on his Twitch channel on May 5th and 6th 2021. Leading poker players from across the globe will be taking part and the event will raise money for charity. Grandmaster Hikaru is one of the strongest living chess players and has the world’s most popular online chess channel with over 1 million Twitch followers.
The winner of the ‘Jokers Gambit’ will be presented with the Purling London Art Chess Trophy ‘Trojan Dazzle Knight’ #2‘ by artist Willum Morsch. This hand-painted knight trophy is a series of two ‘Trojan Dazzle Knights’. It comes with its own hand-painted plinth and will make a memorable prize for the winner of the ‘Jokers Gambit’.
So far 25 top poker players including Phil Gordon, Daniel Negreanu and Liv Boeree have signed up to participate in this two day online event. They will be coached by famous chess players including GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, IM Levy Rozman, WGM Jennifer Shahade and IM Anna Rudolf. On the first day there will be a rapid play and all-play-all blitz round. The victor will be decided on the second day, by a knock out round.
We have had our Art Trophies as prizes at several chess events in the past, including Millionaire Chess, which was won by the host of ‘Jokers Gambit’ GM Hikaru Nakamura. Current World Champion Magnus Carlsen has two Purling London Art Trophies presented at London Chess Classic and Norway Chess 2020, painted by Nette Robinson and Cheba respectively.